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Pay What You Like at Galvin at Windows

One of the big headaches about dining out is the bill. That innocent slip of paper so discreetly placed on the table, maybe with a chocolate to soften the blow. No matter how inevitable it is or how many times you’ve mentally tallied up your spend, it’s all too easy for those extra glasses of wine to add up – not to mention the creme brûlée you promised yourself (and your waistline) you’d avoid. X number of glasses of wine later and it’s not only you who is seeing double, yes the wine was good but your eyes don’t deceive […]

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Immersive Parisian Wartime Bar and Dining Experience

It’s mid-August and suddenly our thoughts are turning to which winter coat we should go for this year and why we can’t even remember what our New Year’s resolutions were, let alone why we haven’t stuck to them. Stop. Rewind time. Ok maybe you’ve gone a bit far but suddenly it’s 1943 and everyone around you is wearing a beret and has a moustache. Welcome to the world of Maman le Mot, a secret immersive supper club experience from event organisers A Place in Time, the people behind The Tick Tack Club, coming to London Bridge this September. The bunker-come-bistro […]

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8 Ways to Taste the Caribbean

With all this talk of Rio we have developed a new found appreciation for all things rum. With Notting Hill Carnival fast approaching (27th-29th August) what better way to get in the laid-back spirit than with a round-up of the best Caribbean spots for a cooling mojito or hot plate of jerk chicken? Some are more Tiki or tropical than ‘Caribbean’ but all will transport you somewhere far more exotic.

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East London’s Pizza Showdown

Do you ever sit down in a restaurant and wish that you could order everything on the menu? Not necessarily because you’re up for a man vs food style showdown, but more because it all looks so tempting. What we’re about to tell you is a place where not only ordering everything off the menu is recommended, it’s pretty much compulsory. Pizza-Pocalypse is a pizza showdown, rounding up the best dough-kneading talent from all over east London to battle it out for £1,000 and the most coveted thing of all, the golden mozzarella trophy. Pizza is serious business so you […]

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Openings & Launches

Ultimate Gin and Tonics

Using just two ingredients (or more if you want to jazz it up), the humble gin and tonic is one of our favourite drinks both to make and well, to drink. Did you know, however, that it was first created as a medicine after the British Crown took governance of India and British immigrants started to be struck down by scurvy on the ships and malaria when they reached the tropical continents? This was because tonic back then was infused with quinine, an extract from the South American cinchona tree which was also known as the ‘fever tree’ as it helped […]

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Where to Celebrate the Start of Game Season

August is a month of games. The Rio Olympics are well underway and for the non-countrified amongst us, let us inform you that tomorrow marks the first day of the grouse-shooting season – August 12th, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth. Game may be something you’d prefer to enjoy on a dark winters night but think of it this way – it won’t be long till dark nights are a reality so in the meantime, make the most of summer nights and game with these places that are getting the season off with a bang.   The Ginger Pig, Marylebone […]

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Magical Masterclasses at London Edition’s Punch Room

Think of punch and your mind probably casts back to questionable bowls of sickly sweet liquid at house parties’ passed. To name your bar the Punch Room, you can be pretty certain that there’s not a hint of such horror – expertly mixed bowls only. The London EDITION is launching a number of masterclasses so that even the biggest punch fan can learn a thing or two a they sip. Kicking off the masterclasses, the expert bartenders from the Punch Room are sharing their knowledge in two, hour and a half long sessions in August. The evening will begin with […]

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8 London Alternatives to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

August in Edinburgh is all about the Fringe. If you can’t make it up north, use it as an opportunity to experience some of London’s best cultural happenings. Save the pre-theatre rush and try out these places for a night consisting of more than just dinner and drinks; comedy, cabaret and live music, London has it all.

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2nd Blanchette to Open

Following on from the success of their Soho French bistro, brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary are back with the second Blanchette and this time it’s opening on Brick Lane. It’ll still feature signature dishes such as crispy frog’s legs, cheese beignets and croquet monsieur but this time, Tam Storrar who is overseeing the menu and taking on the role of Executive Chef across both sites, will draw on Southern French and North African flavours and spices, to bring the likes of lamb tagine with apricots, almonds and rose harissa; roast poussin with tarragon and pommes Sarladaise and wild strawberry […]

Awesome Afternoon Teas

Rock Royalty Afternoon Tea

In case you haven’t heard, this week is Afternoon Tea Week and seeing as it’s Wednesday already that means you’re two days of scones, clotted cream and cucumber sandwiches behind. Whether you favour starched linen napkins and fine bone china or something a little more exotic, we told your about the best teas to try this week here. But one tea we didn’t mention is not only packed full of history, it’s also very current. Mews of Mayfair are celebrating the great British tradition of afternoon tea inspired by two Great (but not British) legends, Georgie Frideric Handel and Jimi […]

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Cure & Cut: Monmouth Street’s New Deli

However, much you love your job, as soon as you sit at your desk you know you’re counting down until lunch time. Each day you ask yourself is 12pm too early? How about 11:30am? Maybe. Well rather than settling for your usual meal deal special if you work in Covent Garden, from next week you’ll be able to pick up sandwiches from the new deli Cure & Cut. Taking its name from the process of turning beef brisket into pastrami, Cure & Cut is a collaboration between restaurateur Jerome Armit (Newman Street Tavern, Henry Root) and chef, Rufus Wickham (Sam’s […]

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Good Ship Benefit’s Final Month

It seems to us like August may, in fact, be the worst month ever. Summer is almost over , there are no holidays the entire month (work, work, work), and to top it all off, Good Ship Benefit is coming to a close after five months of glitzy restaurants, on board boutiques and free-flowing prosecco. But don’t pout just yet, as the Good Ship is promising that the last month is sure to be the best month. The Good Ship is taking it up a notch for its final month, partnering with the original outdoor cinema Rooftop Film Club to bring guests  […]

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